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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Review
Sport and luxury in one package.
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Although in the early 1960s the Pontiac Grand Prix started out as a personal luxury car, the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix provides a solid car but lacks some of the features that buyers want. The lack of leather seats and interior options may discourage potential buyers, but for most people in the market for an affordable sedan it shouldn’t cause much of an issue. The Grand Prix serves as a fantastic car for someone on a budget who needs a car to get from point A to point B and doesn’t need all the gadgets under the rainbow.
The 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix classifies as a sedan with an unabashed sense of American style and performance. Although it used to be a more luxurious vehicle, nowadays the Grand Prix serves as a sensibly sized family car with plenty of performance on tap. However, some complain of an overly plastic interior, with various switches and knobs typically rendered in gray plastic. Consumers describe it as “more Fisher-Price than General Motors.? For 2004, the interior improves in the Grand Prix, but it still fails to hold a candle to the high-quality interiors of its rivals.
Ultimately, the Grand Prix makes a great car for smaller families with impeccable performance, but it suffers from cramped rear quarters.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Grand Prix GT1, Pontiac Grand Prix GT2, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
New for the 2004 Grand Prix Pontiac offers two different 3.8-liter V-6 engines, one offering 200 horsepower and the other providing a supercharged version with 260 horsepower. The supercharged version comes in the GTP and the new Comp G (competition group). The new TAP shift gear-change feature permits much easier shifting. Pontiac also offers side-curtain airbags for the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.
At first glance, nothing really stands out about the body style on the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix; it follows the traditional styling of mass-produced sedans. The Grand Prix comes standard with variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, and all-season tires. It also includes a rear spoiler, which serves a cosmetic purpose more than a functional one. All-season tires and two spare tires come standard as well as wheel covers and cargo tie downs.
While not the most impressive interior on the road, the Grand Prix has all of the essentials that a driver needs. It includes enough cup holders and storage space to satisfy any family’s needs and doesn’t sacrifice legroom for it. The 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix includes standard air-conditioning, speed-proportional power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and a whole lot of other features. For entertainment, the Grand Prix offers six total speakers, an AM/FM in-dash stereo with a single CD player, speed-sensitive volume control, and a radio data system. Some competitors may offer more features, but for the price the Grand Prix has plenty.
Performance & Handling
The 3.8-liter V-6 engine offers plenty of power for any normal use. Churning out 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 230 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm, the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix gets you anywhere you need to go in a hurry. It uses a standard four-speed automatic transmission and front drive. Luckily the 2004 Grand Prix has a four-wheel independent suspension system and multi-link rear suspension which ensures a smooth ride even on the most uneven roads. Consumers say the smooth ride marks one of the best features of the Grand Prix and that it delivers an impeccable performance.
In terms of safety, the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix offers many features to prevent accidents and subsequent injuries. These include an engine immobilizer, electronic brake force distribution, and front seat belt pretensioners. Child seat anchors remain standard as well as an anti-theft alarm system to protect valuables. It has fair crash test ratings, enough to protect the driver and passengers in most accidents. Some valuable additions such as more airbags and standard traction control would definitely benefit occupants. However, for the price, the amount of safety features seems more than adequate. Consumers report well on the safety of the Grand Prix and complain of few problems.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Supercharged V-6
- Good handling
- Simple controls
- Spacious storage areas
- Stylish interior
You Won't Like
- Quality parts and build
- Rear passenger space
- Lack of climate control
- Fuel economy on supercharged version
- Resale value
Sport and luxury in one package.
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